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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

It has been a while

since I participated in

Tablscape Thursday

Although, it and Foodie Friday

are some of my favorite blog days!

Susan is graciously hosting us again.

Please be sure to run by her place

and spend some time

My TT post is not so much a tablescape

as it is table decorations around our home.

This is the table in our breakfast room

The raffia and artificial leaves make a nice bed for the pumpkins.

I carved this Fleur dis lis (actually I stenciled Joe carved)

into this reusable pumpkin

The place mats I picked up years ago at Pottery Barn kids

I was thrilled to see PBK carry them again this year.

Although, they have changed slightly.

Mine, the details are actually cut out

The "new version," the details are painted on

Now, this is in our foyer

Eagerly awaiting Trick or treaters!
I spray painted an old candelabra flat black
and bought orange taper candles
(that we modified somewhat with heat)
added some "webbing" and spiders
In the dining room we are offering a seasonal treat
these are actually rice crispy treats.
Dipped in white chocolate
then orange
the ends rolled in sprinkles

SUPER easy SUPER cute!

Of course, there is ALWAYS the original!

Thank Y'all for dropping by!

See you tomorrow for Foodie Friday!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Prince has H1N1 NOW

Quick note
I will be back by the end of the week I hope.
The Prince has come down with H1N1 now.
He is doing well and resting

Isn't he pitiful?

Breaks my heart.

He is playing a lot

with his BAMA football players

I am staying busy

because I have to kiss all of the injured.


There are a lot of injuries in Orren football!

Thanks for dropping by Y'all

I will certainly see you on Thursday and Friday!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Walk for LUPUS Now

Today was THE day!

Thank you
to the members of our team,
Laura Beth and her family
walked with us
and a few others
came out for support!
I cannot thank you enough
or tell you
how much that means to me!

Next year will be even better!

AND to continue God's blessings,
I won the prize
that was most desired
by EVERYONE that walked:

As well as a gift certificate to Sips N Strokes
God's bounty is constant!

Friday, September 25, 2009


Tomorrow is the day!
We will be at the annual LUPUS walk
The name of our team is The Debs
and we are walking
in honor of my mother,
who taught me how to live each day
with grace and courage.
For full details of tomorrow
and the story please click here

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Foodie Friday!

Be sure to visit Gollum for more Foodie Fridays!
We are making Grated Apple Pie this week.
With the first of Fall
I can almost taste the spices in the air!
Shopping List:
1 pie crust
1 stick melted butter
1 cup of sugar
1 heaping TBL of flour
1 beaten egg
1/2 tsp of apple pie spice
3 cups grated apples (peeled. I also use a mixture of apples it takes about 5 larges apples I usually use one Granny Smith, three Fuji, one Macintosh)

Mix all ingredients then add apples, pour into crust and bake @ 350 for an hour. Whenever I make this I am ALWAYS asked for this recipe. Even if you are not a fan of apple pie (like me) you will ADORE this recipe!

Thank Y'all for dropping by!


On a recent afternoon drive,
we had four visitors.

Can you believe how big they are?

Four total
All bachelors

They were not frightened of us at all.

What a blessing and a treat!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Stomping the grapes 2009

We were able to attend one of our favorite traditions this year.
The Stomping of the grapes.
We had never taken Orren before
and we were doubtful that the family
was going to make it this year.
However, WE DID!
It was so much fun.
Here it is in pictures
The Princess loves to stomp
The Prince does not!

They have the BEST
I love Lucy
look alike contest
Olivia and one of the "Lucys"

Playing in the vineyard

Harvesting to bring home

The old fashioned way

The modern way

Our sheet at the wine tasting tent
On the Wine Trail

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Thanks for dropping by Y'all!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Update on the Princess

Just a quick update, Olivia is doing very well. In fact, she will be attending school tomorrow. Thank you all for your prayers and your love! I am so blessed to have all of you in my life out there in blog land! Your emails were so precious and your comments so full of love!
Thank You

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Foodie Friday!

Thank you for joining us for Foodie Friday! Be sure to visit Gollum for more yummy recipes!

We are making two very easy desserts.
Homemade Ice cream and Cherry Cobbler
They can be eaten together
but if so
you might want to leave out
the butterfingers in the ice cream.

Shopping list
Ice cream maker
2 cups Heavy whipping cream
2 cups 1/2 and 1/2
1 14oz can condensed milk
2 Tablespoons of vanilla extract

(optional) bag of fun size butterfingers crushed

Combine all ingredients and follow
your manufacturer's directions for freezing
Just before Ice cream sets add crushed Butterfingers

Now I mentioned yesterday that my daughter had become ill with H1N1 Seems comfort food was on the prescription pad. She asked for Cherry Cobbler. I had to make it two nights in a row now.
So I am adding our recipe for Mammie's Cobbler
Shopping List:
1 stick butter
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
pinch of salt
1 can of pie filling (your favorite flavor)
melt butter in casserole pan
in a different bowl mix
ALL other ingredients except pie filling
Then pour into melted butter do not stir

Then add pie filing again do not stir

Bake @ 250 degrees for 30 minutes
Then @ 400 degrees until brown

Let sit about 15 minutes then serve and ENJOY!
Thanks for dropping by Y'all!